Volker Kuhn spent his childhood in and around the artist colony of Worpswede. Early on, Volker Kühn developed his own unique way of working, finding his inspiration and materials by searching junk heaps, plundering novelty shops and collecting all manner of unusual artistic materials such as husks, shells, pebbles, roots, twigs. As an apprentice to a furniture maker in Worpeswede (the home of Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Expressionist School of Worpeswede at the turn of the century), Kühn trained to be a joiner, which has given his work a constructionist bias. He then went on to study sculpture at the Bremen Academy of Fine Arts and won the Promotion Prize of the Bremen Senate in 1974, as well as a commission for an installation at the Nautical Academy. Since then Mr. Kuhn has exhibited his unique art all over the world.
Currently, Volker Kühn lives and works in Lilienthal, a town near Bremen in northern Germany.
Volker Kühn's art is reminiscent of the boxes, cases and cabinets made by Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters and Joseph Cornell. They also draw on the Surrealist idea of creating surprising juxtapositions to establish relationships between disparate entities, thus making the impossible seem possible. There is also usually a joke involved often making a reference or homage to famous works by other artists.
Although he has been making Object Boxes since his youth, Kühn also concentrated for a time on "Light Objects", which are like miniature halls of mirrors, as well as installed 'environments' that use household fixtures such as faucets and showers. The Object Boxes have led to one of Kühn's biggest and most successful commissions, the decoration of the façade of Wertheim's Department store in Berlin.